About Kistefos Sponsorships

Social engagement has been central to Christen Sveaas and Kistefos for several decades. Through the Kistefos Museum the central goal is that art is shared with the world. Within education is Kistefos behind a number of scholarship programs for Norwegian and African students at Harvard Kennedy School in the United States, IE University in Spain and St. Gallen University in Switzerland. In addition, Kistefos supports social entrepreneurship through 2nd Chance and Seniorvikarene and health and education efforts in South Africa through «The Small Projects Foundation ».

The Kistefos Museum is built on the former factory area of AS Kistefos Træsliberi, and today consists of an impressive sculpture park, two art galleries with exhibitions that change every year, and an industrial museum. In 2019, the signature building The Twist opened, which has won a number of awards and nominations for its spectacular design. The Industrial Museum at Kistefos is a common name for the industrial history collection at Kistefos. The factory from 1889 is almost completely intact, and visitors can see how employees worked at that time. The historical collection at Kistefos consists of buildings, machinery and equipment, which are used to convey stories about working and social life for those who had their workplace in the factory. The sculpture park opened in 1999, and today consists of more than 45 sculptures by globally recognized contemporary artists from around the world. The Twist opened in 2019. It is a gallery, a bridge and a sculpture in itself. The 1000 square meter building spans across the river Randselva in a 60-meter-long span, and twists in the middle in a sculptural form. The building was designed by the well renowned architects in BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. In 2020, it was approx. 170,000 visitors.

2nd Chance – «everyone deserves a second chance». 2nd Chance is a staffing company that recruits employees from i.a. prisons. 2nd Chance has an unusual philosophy; we believe everyone deserves a second chance, no matter what kind of history the potential candidate has. We require candidates who are to represent 2nd Chance to demonstrate, loyalty and willingness to make an effort. Seniorvikarene «a staffing agency for experienced people». Seniorvikarene was established in Oslo in 2014. The staffing agency is the link between jobseekers who are 55+ and businesses that appreciate their competence, work experience and stability.

Christen Sveaas and Kistefos have since 2010 been an important partner to the Small Projects Foundation («SPF») in South Africa. A total of USD 5.8 million has been donated to various projects to combat the prevalence of HIV / AIDS among the poor in the Eastern Cape district of South Africa, as well as to provide better health care and education in the region. The projects have reached over 600,000 inhabitants and saved approx. 300,000 people from serious illness and death. In 2017, Kistefos established a scholarship program for college education at Stellenbosch and Rhodes University for students in the district. An education program has also been established at over 100 early childhood centers, primary schools and secondary schools. «Kistefos Opportunity Fund» supports small businesses through education and mentoring programs. This has resulted in executives for over 100 small businesses completing a Micro MBA program.

Contact details

Kistefos AS
Dokkveien 1
N-0250 Oslo
+47 23 11 70 00
hege.galtung@kistefos.no
erlend.bondo@kistefos.no

Kistefos Museet
Samsmoveien 41
N-3520 Jevnaker
+47 61 31 03 83
post@kistefos.museum.no

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-495-1100

University of St. Gallen
HSG Alumni Club Norge
v/ President Arve Solheim
+47 908 93 260
styret@stgallen.no

IE Finacial Aid
Maria de Molina
28006 Madrid
+34 91 568 9600
financialaid@ie.edu